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Ursula K. Le Guin: A Rant About "Technology"
"One way to illustrate that most technologies are, in fact, pretty "hi," is to ask yourself of any manmade object, Do I know how to make one?

Anybody who ever lighted a fire without matches has probably gained some proper respect for "low" or "primitive" or "simple" technologies; anybody who ever lighted a fire with matches should have the wits to respect that notable hi-tech invention." Ursula le Guin with strong truth about technology and science fiction.
sf  writing  ursulaleguin  science  anthropology 
august 2017 by infovore
The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin - The New Yorker
"...she asked me, cautiously, “Wouldn’t you say that anybody who thought as much about balance as I do in my work probably felt some threat to their balance?” After a long pause, she added, “Of course all adolescents are out of balance, and very aware of it. To become adult can certainly feel like walking a high wire, can’t it? If my foot slips, I’m gone. I’m dead.”" Wonderful profile and interview with/of UKLG.
ursulaleguin  interview  writing  sf  fantasy  profile 
october 2016 by infovore
Ursula K. Le Guin | VICE
An unexpected place for a Le Guin interview, but it's great nontheless.
ursulaleguin  books  fiction  sf  writing 
october 2011 by infovore
BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » TGAN and TGOW
"I’m not saying that a book that makes you cry is a great book. It would be a wonderful criterion if only it worked, but alas it admits effective sentimentality, the knee-jerk/heart-string stimulus. For instance, a lot of us cry when reading of the death of an animal in a story — which in itself is interesting and significant, as if we give ourselves permission to weep the lesser tears — but that is something else and less. A book that makes me cry the way music can or tragedy can – deep tears, the tears that come of accepting as my own the grief there is in the world — must have something of greatness about it."
ursulaleguin  writing  steinbeck  tears  grief 
october 2011 by infovore
BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » Would You Please Fucking Stop?
"I keep reading books and seeing movies where nobody can fucking say anything except fuck, unless they say shit. I mean they don’t seem to have any adjective to describe fucking except fucking even when they’re fucking fucking. And shit is what they say when they’re fucked. When shit happens, they say shit, or oh shit, or oh shit we’re fucked. The imagination involved is staggering. I mean, literally." Ursula LeGuin on obscenity, swearing, and the way it's used on contemporary media. (LeGuin is someone who, for reference, has always used language precisely and carefully; she is not a prude, just bored of a lack of imagination.)
swearing  writing  books  film  media  obscenity  ursulaleguin 
march 2011 by infovore
A Left-Handed Commencement Address
"Why did we look up for blessing - instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon." Ursula Le Guin's 1983 commencement address at Mills College.
ursulaleguin  speech  activism  commencement 
october 2007 by infovore
The Author of the Acacia Seeds, Ursula K. Le Guin
This story is copyright 1974 by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is transcribed from Le Guin's collection The Compass Rose because I'd like my friends to read it.
shortstory  ursulaleguin  scifi  fiction  language 
march 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - Imaginary friends
"To conflate fantasy with immaturity is a rather sizeable error. Rational yet non-intellectual, moral yet inexplicit, symbolic not allegorical, fantasy is not primitive but primary." Ursula le Guin on fine form in the NS.
ursulaleguin  fantasy  sf  writing  fiction  literature  essay  criticism  children  reading 
december 2006 by infovore

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